Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

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It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II . Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot.

Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous ...

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It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II . Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot.

Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz—as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior.

With a whiff of Agatha Christie and a touch of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, The Grantchester Mysteries introduces a wonderful new hero into the world of detective fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
…the coziest of cozy murder mysteries…Taken individually, each of these clerical whodunits poses a clever puzzle for armchair detectives. Viewed as a collective study of British life as it was lived when Elizabeth II first ascended the throne, these stories present a consistently charming and occasionally cutting commentary on "a postwar landscape full of industry, promise and concrete."
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753190456
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Series: Isis
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Runcie is the son of the former archbishop of Canterbury, the director of the Bath Literature Festival, and the author of four novels: The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island, and East Fortune. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and theater director and has scripted several films for BBC. He directed a documentary following a year in the life of J. K. Rowling. Runcie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    a charming and welcome pleasure

    This charming cozy detective book features an appealing Anglican priest as the sleuth with characters of all ilk, reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It is a welcome departure from the current thrillers full of blood, gore and, often, brutality. The 6 entries
    are classic puzzlers, similar to many of the '20's and '30's golden
    age books. Except for Ellery Queen and the American-born John Carter
    Dickson, the majority of these were British with a smattering of
    Australian. Set in the early and mid '50's, these stories echo that
    gentler era.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Mini mysteries all solved by the same clergy detective.

    Sidney Chambers is unassuming and expresses values of traditional Anglicanism, and yet is insightful in solving challenging situations. Not all his challenges are murders, but still there is still a puzzle to solve and personalities to explore. I like that I can read one a night and have more to look forward to the next evening. I look for more by James Runcie and Sidney walks through the chapel of King's college, Cambridge or the streets and nightclubs of London.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Canon Sidney Chambers always seems to be in the wrong place at t

    Canon Sidney Chambers always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It seems he is always at a place where a murder has been committed. Inspector Keating is always asking Sidney for help in each case. Sidney has lots of help from his sister Jennifer, his curate Leonard, his friend Amanda, and various other people help him at different times. Sidney solves crimes, all the while questioning his life choices and his lack of a romantic tie. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I would love to read more by this author.

    Thank you to Net Galley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    An interesting book

    One of the reasons I read this was a suggested blog post. The other is I'm a pastor and mysteries with a touch of theology are intriguing to me.

    This is a sweet book. Canon Sidney Chambers over the scope of a year is sucked into 5 separate mysterious situations, falls for 2 women, and runs his small church despite meddling parishoners, an irrasible housekeeper and other intriquing people.

    In fact, Runcie's descriptive sense is why when the next Canon Chambers book hits stateside, I will look for it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Classic village vicar who is also at university

    And solves mysteries my favorite kind as many english writers getting too grafic nice variety of stories and interconnected have read second from library and hope to get third out in July Pagecounter@sparta.fsfl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Very enjoyable. A "cozy" set of mysteries solved by former soldier & current Church of England priest Sidney Chambers.

    Set in the '50s in post-war England, Sidney has his hands full with his parish duties & murders that he is drawn to solve. He helps, or is helped by his friend Inspector Keating. We get to know Sidney, Keating & Amanda, Sidney's sister's roommate, whose wealth & social class is different than Sidney's more ordinary background & earnings as a clergyman. I liked that during Sidney's amateur investigations, there are conversations & ideas that are worth reflecting on & apply to the real world, not just to the story. I definitely want to read more stories of Sidney's sleuthing & if any of his female friends turn into romantic interests...

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Absolutely amazing!

    Absolutely amazing!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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